Road Trip - Day 2: Embizweni Cottage & The Importance of Being Idle
It has been a quiet day today; both in terms of sightings and time spent at our cottage doing, literally, nothing. We drove back to our lion sighting this morning with the hope that they might still be there; sadly we were to be disappointed. The dried up dam floor remained was empty, just the rustling of the bushes blowing in the morning breeze. Whilst there is plenty of antelope and zebra on this side of the park, anything more interesting is definitely slim pickings. So, imagine our delight when we came upon three bat-eared fox pups and their mom! Blending into the grey scrubland, their ears were glinting in the morning sunlight giving away their position; lucky for us.
Bat-eared fox pups rubbing noses!
A herd of more than 60 eland which we cam across on our evening drive
Cape mountain zebra...there are also Burchell's zebra in the park
The rest of the day was spent in quiet contemplation at Embizweni Cottage. The searing Karoo heat making it far too hot to venture past the shade of the front verandah. Soaking up the view, we were even treated to a visit at our waterhole from a very wary heard of zebra.
The visitors to the cottage's waterhole
The cottage is basic but clean and adequately equipped. With no electricity you can happily pack your technology devices away and kick back with a good book or sit on the verandah with your binos at the ready. The cottage sleeps six, there are two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with two bunk beds plus a large bathroom to share. The kitchen is spacious and has a fridge freezer as well as a gas oven and stovetop. There is also the obligatory outside braai and a fireplace in the lounge for those chilly winter evenings.
The lounge and dining area complete with open fireplace
Main double bedroom with amazing views
There’s no denying it is remote here, we haven’t seen any signs of civilization for close to 36 hours now but that is just one of the things that is so great about this place. The peace and tranquility makes you feel instantly rested and close to nature, a weekend break that is good for the soul. Our advice, make sure you have a full tank of fuel so you can fully explore all the 4x4 tracks and stay a minimum of two nights as the drive out here is long but well worth it.
The road to Embizweni Cottage
Bookings for Embizweni Cottage can only be made through the Park's Reception on (023) 415 2828.
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